Ray Rice, McCourty twins and more: Top 5 Twitter accounts from local sports stars
Westchester, Rockland and Hudson Valley have produced their share of standout athletes over the years.
While many have chosen to sit on the sidelines when it comes to social media, others have hit a home run, doing a great job of engaging with their fans or just simply entertaining their followers.
Here are Hudson Valley Home Stand’s picks for the top five Twitter accounts run by homegrown athletes.
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Ray Rice (@RayRice27)
Even by Twitter standards, the Baltimore Ravens star and New Rochelle High School alum keeps his tweets short and sweet, often preferring to let photos do most of the talking. In recent weeks, Rice has shared a photo of himself and his teammates standing near President Barack Obama at the White House and an aerial shot from a helicopter of the Rutgers University football stadium, where he played for four seasons. Rice has also proven that he’s not afraid to chime in about current events, such as when he stuck up for embattled Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti, who was eventually fired.
Big 10 doesn't happen without Mr. Pernetti He has done a GREAT job for RU, our future is bright with him leading us. #greatman— Ray Rice (@RayRice27) April 5, 2013
Jason and Devin McCourty (@McCourtyTwins)
Twins enjoy a special bond, and in the case of the McCourty brothers, that also applies to their Twitter account. While they are foes on the field, Jason (Tennessee Titans) and Devin (New England Patriots) chose to team up in social media, resulting in a lively, entertaining Twitter experience for their followers. The topics of the McCourtys’ tweets range from their charity work against sickle cell disease to some friendly trash talking among brothers. The family banter doesn’t stop there – their mother recently joined Twitter and is retweeted often.
She's lying! She has Pebbles like 5x/wk! (J-Mac) RT @MamaMcCourty: I usually have Raisin Bran during the wk, and Fruity Pebbles on weekends.— Jason+Devin McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) May 22, 2013
Reed Kessler (@ReedCat5000)
The 18-year-old Olympian and national champ in equestrian show jumping offers plenty of glimpses of her life both inside and outside the arena through her Twitter account. The Armonk native has been known to tweet out updates from competitions, photos of shopping excursions and posts about her favorite basketball team, the Miami Heat. She also has a pretty healthy sense of humor.
Wow Fraxel was most painful experience of my life. Bye top layer of skin on my face, it's been real— Reed Kessler (@ReedCat5000) June 18, 2013
John Flaherty (@flash17yes)
Take a quick scan of John Flaherty’s Twitter page, and one thing becomes abundantly clear: The former Yankee makes time for his fans. The West Nyack native and YES analyst responds to a large number of tweets directed at him. And as you might expect, Flaherty, who is also a minority owner of the Rockland Boulders, is a great source for candid commentary about the Yankees.
Hate to say this but Andy you have a 1run lead and that might be all you get. Get after it.— John Flaherty (@flash17yes) June 15, 2013
Ben Gordon (@BenGordon8)
The Charlotte Bobcat and former Mount Vernon hoops star has been sporadic on Twitter, but he’s been picking up his game in recent weeks. Gordon has been known to post inspirational quotes, music recommendations and updates about his annual charity week in his hometown, but it was particularly interesting last week to see him tweet during the NBA finals, when he switched gears from basketball star to passionate basketball fan.
Danny Green is in the ZONE 🏀🏀🏀🏀#BUCKETS— Ben Gordon (@BenGordon8) June 17, 2013